An Update? Can It Be?

Hi everyone (if there is anyone)!

It has certainly been a while since I have uploaded anything. Around two years to be exact. As I’m sure you can tell, I’m not the best at updating. But that’s all going to change (she says as she begs the procrastinator in her to please, please, please let there be change).

So, what’s changed in those two years since my last post?

Well, as of today:

Originally “An Adolescent’s Attempt At Blogging”

Unfortunately, I still age and having reached the wonderful age of 18 at the beginning of the year, I realised that I couldn’t really go on calling myself an adolescent *cue the sad violin*. Some of you may disagree but, hey, the law says I am officially an adult so how can I argue with that?

And now without further ado, let me give you a warm welcome to: An Adult’s Attempt At Blogging 😀

I have changed a lot in these past 2 years but if you still want to access my cringey first few posts then they’ll still be up as well.

So, very briefly, across the last two years: Ya gurl was highly commended for her spoken-word poem We, The Homeless in the Orwell Youth Prize 2019; I’ve completed journalism work experience with an investigative journalist based in London, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi (we met a lot of interesting people!), and with my local newspaper, the Shropshire Star, where I was able to get 2 bylines (I can’t find the other one) in the papers; I, somehow, got an acting job with an interactive murder mystery company and lastly, I have finished 6th Form (albeit abruptly and without the milestone of actually writing my A Level exams – thanks, Corona -_-).

Oh, and I had a hair cut!

I’m that person who lied on every personality test when asked if I accepted change…it depends on the change but I have come to terms with the fact that I actually dislike it a lot so having cut my hair shorter was actually a huge milestone for me.

Looking back over the things that I’ve done and achieved actually stuns me. I feel like I’ve done nothing and then I’ll remember all that and be like, ‘Oh wait, I actually have done a lot’.

Of course, it wouldn’t be life if there weren’t negatives in between all that and there were. Sickness mainly. I swear I was allergic to 6th Form. All throughout Years 7-11, I barely had a day off school – I get to Years 12-13 and the amount of days I had off school made it sound like I was genuinely dying. For example, when I started Year 13, I only managed 3 days of the first term before I went and got appendicitis. Like, really? I barely, started the new academic year before my body was like: “Meh, time for the ol’ appendix to go.”

It was ridiculous sometimes but we got through it. We survived like I’m hoping my blog will survive this time around (chants in brain: I will update more often, I will update more often, I will update more often!)

Last but not least: we are all enduring one of the biggest negatives we have seen as a global population with the Coronavirus pandemic going on. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your families are keeping safe. Please, stay indoors as much as possible to protect not only yourself but others too!

For those of you who have lost family and friends, my prayers are with you.

Wishing you all the best ❤

– Jade


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